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An Occupiers Perspective

This section aims to provide a space for the varied and diverse voices of Occupy London.
 
 

Still Stolen – The Stolen Generation(s)

By Polly Tikkle
The Stolen Generation refers to the thousands of aboriginal children who were stolen from their parents and placed in foster homes or institutionalized  in Australia. The Rabbit Proof Fence and Australia are films that depict this legalized procedure in historical times. This particular white barbarity however stopped in 1972 and was not[...]

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Abstaining is the status quo or you can vote None of The Above

Holding no interest in politics, means you are upholding the status quo. Shouting in front of the television does not change a thing.
I know a number of activists who do not vote, but they vote with their feet by their actions against the status quo. Others seem to believe that being an idiot about[...]

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An Open Europe for All. Migration and European Citizenship. Video.

An Open Europe for All. A debate about Migration and European Citizenship.. Live Video by Obi_Live.
I was invited to this event hosted by the European Greens in London. One of the EU Hustings for the European Elections, May 22nd-25th 2014. This is the third one I attended, but the previous two did not allow[...]

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Rent Controls

Cross-posted from Peter Dombi’s website Our Broken System

Since Ed Milliband’s statement last week on housing, the issue of Rent Controls has returned to public debate. Those who seem to think that Free-Market economics should be used to run everything have inevitably risen up with a vengeance, and accused the Labour Party of following a[...]

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In Health, Sickness & In Profit, by Michael Gold

In the old simplistic days of the NHS your doctor referred you to your local hospital. You were given a letter; you phoned the appropriate hospital department and made an appointment. Not now, as you can only be seen by a hospital if your GP has a contract with them or with, what is now[...]

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EU Elections, TTIP and A Couple of Alternatives, by Obi_Live

Since becoming one of the Occupy live video stream support, I have ended up being involved in various campaigns. Among them Fight against Fossil Fuels, Fracking, Bedroom Tax, Rights for Disabled People, Hands Off London Transport, Save the NHS, Stopping the TTIP.
On May 22nd 2014. we will be voting in the European and Local[...]

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Compelled to write, by Liz Beech

I have been involved with Occupy since October 2011.
I think in those early days of the occupation, at St. Paul’s, when literally hundreds of people came to the camp every day and participated in huge lunchtime General Assemblies I thought, not for the first time, that the change I wanted to see was just[...]

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The Global Commons is Creeping onto Centre Stage

Article compiled by Polly Tikkle

Our commons are the collective heritage of humanity — the shared resources of nature and society that we inherit, create and use. People across the world are now rediscovering these common goods and choosing to protect them for future generations – Global Commons Trust
Privatisation tends to reach the edge[...]

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Severe Discomfort by Sarah Honeysett – A Review

A review by Paulo Rodrigues.
Severe Discomfort is a fictional novel following the lives of a couple who due to illness and disability are reliant on the welfare state for their income.
Their lives change drastically when a neighbor seeing their mixed race grandchildren being dropped off assumes that they are benefit cheats childminding on[...]

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